Stephen F. Austin to Arthur G. Wavell, undated, circa 1824
Arthur G. Wavell was an English soldier of fortune who became a brigadier general in the Mexican army. He befriended Moses Austin, and after his death, helped Stephen F. Austin transfer the empresario grant to his name. Wavell was enthusiastic about Texas colonization and became a full partner in the Austin colony, even traveling to England to raise capital for the venture. However, the agreement fell through, and Wavell never realized any money from the venture or recouped the loans he had made to Austin.
In 1824, Wavell decided to become an empresario himself, and wrote to Austin for advice. This letter represents Austin's state of mind at the time. In spite of Austin's negativity, Wavell did apply for and receive a grant to settle colonists in East Texas in partnership with Ben Milam. But perhaps he should have taken Austin's advice. The colony was a failure, and Wavell lost his claim during the Texas Revolution. He spent years in court trying to recover his costs without success.
Stephen F. Austin to Arthur G. Wavell, undated, circa 1824. Arthur G. Wavell Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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